Even before Tuesday’s press conference at Saint Thomas Sports Park, I thought Titans running back Chris Johnson was a goner. Now, I feel even more certain. In answering questions from reporters while introducing new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, General Manager Ruston Webster talked with optimism about the future of quarterback Jake Locker. He said he anticipates him being in a position to win back his starting job in 2014. He’s repeated that stance in several interviews since. When asked about Johnson on Tuesday, however, Webster was non-committal. Webster’s usually tight-lipped and plays things close to the vest, but it was yet another signal the Titans are ready to move on from Johnson, even with a coach who has proven he wants to run the football. Let’s look at the facts here: –Johnson is scheduled to make $8 million in 2014. It would make him the highest paid player on the team a year after he made $10 million to run for 1,077 yards. –Johnson hasn’t been as productive in recent years. He averaged just 3.9 yards per carry last season, and didn’t make it over the 1,000-yard for the season until the last game. –Johnson told me last month he’s not taking a pay cut. He repeated that when I talked to him last week. –Johnson said he’d rather move on if the Titans don’t plan to use him “better”, which means feeding him the ball more.
Titans expected to cut Chris Johnson
Tennessean | Jan 16